class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With Mbappe unlikely to be at 100% for PSG, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Citizens' star playmaker to extend his prolific streak from an advanced role
Paris Saint-Germain will be desperate for Kylian Mbappe to prove his fitness ahead of their Champions League second leg at Manchester City on Tuesday.
Despite failing to register a shot in the first leg, the France star has provided seven of Les Parisiens’ last 10 goals in this competition but is struggling to overcome the calf issue that saw him sit out Saturday’s Ligue 1 victory over Lens.
Should he be passed fit, he is his side’s 11/2 (6.50) favourite with bet365 to open the scoring at the Etihad Stadium and priced at 6/4 (2.50) to strike anytime.
Mbappe’s absence would place further pressure on the shoulders of Neymar, who has not scored in this competition since the group stages.
Nevertheless, having found the net in the 2-1 victory over Lens at the weekend, he is available at 7/4 (2.75) to step up with a 42nd career goal in this competition – drawing level with Alessandro Del Piero in the all-time standings.
Having scored in successive matches against Bayern, City and Lens, Marquinhos is a tempting 9/1 (10.00) long shot to extend an unlikely prolific streak marking a fourth Champions League game in seven with a goal.
Despite offering a reminder of his deadly instincts in front of goal with an eye-catching strike in Saturday’s Premier League win over Crystal Palace, Sergio Aguero is unlikely to feature in Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up.
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The club legend is level with Neymar on 41 Champions League goals and the Citizens’ 15/4 (4.75) favourite to break the deadlock, priced at just 20/21 (1.95) anytime.
However, Kevin De Bruyne seems set to lead the line in a false nine role that has seen him on target in three of his last four Champions League games, making 6/4 (2.50) odds look rather generous on him doing so once again.
Riyad Mahrez has also been a key figure in the knockout stages after striking in both of the last two matches and is on offer at 13/8 (2.63) to make it three in a row in what promises to be an exciting clash.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.